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    et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    What kinds of modals can complete this question tag? I would choose "should". Is there any possibility for "will" , "would" or "could"?

    - Let us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her. ........ we?

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    Re: et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    None of the modals you mention is likely, though could is possible.

    Let us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her, shall we?

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    Re: et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    Is "should" ungrammatical?

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    Re: et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    Quote Originally Posted by Kharkhun View Post
    Is "should" ungrammatical?
    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    If so, what's the reason that Longman has used should here.(this is Longman's example in "assume" entry)

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    Re: et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    Are you saying that Longman have given "Let us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her, should we?" as an example sentence?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    I have just found that definition online here. There is no question tag. What they have said is:

    "Let us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her. Should we?"

    They are two separate entities - a statement and then a question.
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    Re: et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    As I previously asked from you, I wanted to know is it possible to substitute "should" with "would" or "could" for example here? (In these two separate entities)

    (Thanks for your explanation, indeed)

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    #9

    Re: et us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her

    Yes, as a separate question, "Would we?" is possible. Just bear in mind that it's not a question tag.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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